City Crews Begin Work on Enhancements to Secure Barnsdall Park

Posted on 02/25/2016
City crews begin work on enhancements to secure Barnsdall Park

EAST HOLLYWOOD -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP), the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation recently announced that crews started the installation of a tubular steel fence and two gates around the exposed perimeter of Barnsdall Arts Park to better secure the property.

The project comes following several meetings with members of the community, RAP staff, DCA staff, and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation about the need to make improvements to certain areas of the facility. The group identified several areas of concern: increase in graffiti and vandalism, inadequate security, and the need for general beautification efforts. The current improvements will prevent people from entering unnoticed and will allow the park security officers to keep the park secure at night.

“My staff and I have worked on a plan since taking office to keep the park secure after hours, and improve the overall visitor experience, “ said Councilmember O’Farrell. “The latest project is just one of the ways we are working to enhance, preserve, and protect one of our great City parks.  I am focused on bringing Barnsdall back to its intended grandeur.”

In addition to the new fencing, the scope of work will also including making  both rolling gates at the street level parking lot on Hollywood Blvd operational to allow for better traffic flow.

"The Department of Recreation and Parks is grateful to Councilmember O'Farrell for his support in ensuring our parks are safe and clean,” said Mike Shull, General Manager, Recreation and Parks. “The new fencing at Barnsdall Park will help protect the park and provide security and comfort for this community.”

“These necessary improvements will greatly assist us in our efforts to safeguard the rich art and cultural treasures - Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Barnsdall Art Center and Junior Arts Center - in Barnsdall Park,” said Leslie Thomas from the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. “Being good stewards of the public trust is a top priority. This is truly a gift of epic proportions!”

In partnership with the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, the office is looking into funding several projects that will address each of these concerns, including added security measures and revitalization of currently inaccessible h areas such as Schindler’s Terrace.

“Thank you Councilmember O'Farrell for the opportunity to invest in the repairs to the front gates and to provide additional fencing needed to secure the park at night,” said Mark Edwards, President of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. “The Foundation appreciates the collaboration between our organization, the Councilmember’s staff, and City departments to ensure the community is safe.”

Barnsdall Art Park, a popular City-owned facility located near Vermont Ave and Hollywood Blvd, is home to a world-class art gallery and the famed Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House, which is currently on the tentative list of the first modern architecture nominations from the United States to the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List.

The Hollyhock House recently underwent a $4 million renovation.   The former garage is being converted into a bookstore, and the motor court will be restored in the coming months.